A judge in one key state just vindicated one of Donald Trump’s election challenges
Donald Trump challenged the results of the 2020 election largely on the basis that state officials and judges illegally changed their vote-by-mail rules.
The media denounced him as a threat to democracy.
But a judge in one key state just vindicated one of Donald Trump’s election challenges.
Michigan Court of Claims Chief Judge Christopher Murray ruled that Democrats Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson violated the state’s Administrative Procedures Act by imposing unilateral changes to absentee balloting laws such as loosening the guidelines for signature verification.
Benson imposed changes that allowed for “slight similarities” in the signature on an absentee ballot would lead to the vote being counted “in favor of finding that the voter’s signature was valid.”
Judge Murray rejected this rule change by Secretary of State Benson arguing that “because the guidance issued by the Secretary of State on October 6, 2020, with respect to signature matching standards was issued in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA).”
Michigan Republicans celebrated the decision.
“I’m glad the court sees Secretary of State Benson’s attempts at lawmaking for what they are — clear violations of her authority,” State Rep. Matt Hall wrote in a statement to the press.
“If she wants to make changes like these, she needs to work with the Legislature or properly promulgate them through the laws we have on the books — in this case the Administrative Procedures Act,” State Representative Hall added.
When Donald Trump was challenging the results of the 2020 election, his campaign’s lawsuits largely argued that officials and judges in key states illegally changed voting rules.
Michigan was one of the states his campaign lawyers honed in on.
And while it may be after the fact, the Trump argument was vindicated in the end and should lead to more secure elections in the future.